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korean presidential election. kaho izumitani has more. kaho, what happened park win this vote? >> reporter: her name, for one thing. she is the late daughter of the architect of the modern economic. park built on her name by portraying herself as a seasoned politician with 15 years of experience as a lawmaker. she used the ruling party's organizational power to her full advantage in promoting her campaign. she focused on the province of shenzen to lock in votes of conservatives and secured the overwhelming support and the support of voters in the 50s and older who wanted stability. at the same time, park distanced herself from outgoing president lee myung bak, also a member of the ruling party. he came under fire over the widening income disparity and corruption involving his relatives and close aides. park even criticized his government during the campaign. >> okay, kahu, we will be back to you in a minute. we'll be back to you in a few minutes. >>> first, let's learn a little more about park kunei. not just south korea's first female president, also the first child of a form
a wealth of challenges. nhk world's kaho izumitani reports. >> reporter: people in many cities have to weave through the crowds during the morning rush hour. kim on suk in seoul does that in seoul every day. he gets on the subway with a cart weighing 50 kilograms. he's 73 years old. kim earns around $600 a month delivering parcels all over the city. >> translator: this job means a lot to me financially. i will have to find another one if i lose it. >> reporter: elderly who live in urban centers provide a lot of similar services. they say they're happy just to have a job. south korea introduced the public pension system 13 years ago. people who paid into it for at least ten years receive a pension. but just under a third of the population age 65 and above has managed to contribute. they earn an average of about $275, so most have to keep working. some elderly who live in rural areas are pushed to their limits. this is the intensive care unit for people struggling with pesticide abuse. it launched last year in response to growing numbers of elderly patients trying to end their lives b
promises. >> kaho, every south korean president takes office with a big north korea file on their desk. it's a difficult issue. what stance will park take toward her neighbor? >> reporter: she needs to balance competing visions. some south koreans want to be tough with the north. others favor reconciliation. park says it is her mission to ease tensions and maintain security. she refers to last week's launch, which north korean officials said used a rocket to send a satellite into orbit and other nations called a ballistic missile test. >> translator: north korea's missile launch was a symbolic act that showed us how serious our security situation is. we will begin a new era for our country with a strong security system and trusted foreign policy. i will keep my promise to the people. >> reporter: park spent part of this day exchanging views with ambassadors from japan, the u.s., china and russia. she has already started moving to form her government. she'll meet with members of the present administration to go over issues. a transfer commission will finalize her policies. then in february
a different approach. >> reporter: kaho izumitani is putting everything on the table when it comes to energy policy. they will explore possibilities including restarting nuclear reactors. >> translator: we need to decide our energy policy based on technical assessments. we will not start with the conclusion of halting nuclear power generation by the 2030s. >> reporter: the previous administration led by former prime minister yoshihko noda drafted an energy policy that stated the government would aim to shut down all nuclear plants by the 2030s. before last year's accident in fukushima, nuclear power accounted for 26% of the total energy supply in japan. currently only two out of 50 reactors in the country are online adding a mere 3% to the supply. fossil fuels are taking up the slack. utilities are paying more to import liquified natural gas to fire thermal plants. many are planning to raise electricity rates to make up for losses. japanese aren't happy about that. and they are also anxious to hear about their new government's energy plans. >> translator: we have 50 nuclear reactors in japan
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